OLYMPICS / Barcelona 1992: Ashford the golden oldie: Athletics

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The Independent Online
SOMEWHERE in the Americans' relay brilliance on Saturday night, a fine career came to a golden end.

Evelyn Ashford, 35, finished her fourth Olympics - she started at Montreal in 1976 - with a gold in the 4 x 100 metre relay, which makes her the oldest woman to win gold on the track. It was her third successive relay gold medal to go with the 1984 individual 100m title. Only three women have won four track golds.

Ashford, who went on a diet (which she hated) this year, failed to qualify for the 100m final. She was so upset she went to a restaurant. 'We didn't stop (eating) for two hours,' she said.